Velomontion reviews Topeak JoeBlow™ Ace floor pump
Topeak Joe Blow Ace: Two barrels, twice the performance?
Review: Topeak’s Joe Blow pumps are the VW Golfs of the cycling world. Other manufacturers change models almost by the year, but the Jow Blows are always there. For many cyclists out there, these models stand for well built and well working pumps. We’ve but the top model, the Joe Blow Ace to the test.
The Topeak Joe Blow Ace is an impressive piece of aluminum: 75cm high, almost 2.5kg in weight and the silver aluminum make quite an impression. The look and feel of the pump are excellent. There are some plastic elements here and there, but they don’t feel cheap at all. The handle has just the right size and with its rubber coated upper side and an ergonomic form, it feels great in our hands. The big base is rubber coated as well – on both sides. No slipping anymore, once the pump is placed on the ground, it stays where it should. The manometer is integrated in the base – with its 60mm diameter it could be a little bit bigger. Other track pumps in this price range offer nicer manometers. The scale could be better as well: As it has to reach from 0 to 18 bars, it’s hard to read the exact pressure, something that’s especially important for the mountainbikers out there. Apart from that, the manometer performs as well as the whole pump: It’s precise and the carbon look is a nice touch.
The head is Topeak’s own design called SmartHead. It automatically adapts to the the valve you put it on (Schrader or Presta) without having to flip a switch, use and adapter or else. Adapters for Dunlop, balls and air bladder type valves are included. Topeak also recommends using the included Schrader adapter for 700c tubular tires. The SmartHead works pretty well and you don’t need a lot of force to securely fit the head onto the valve. However, the combination of high pressure and Schrader valves seems to cause some problems and we have troubles getting the head to really stay airtight. Using the Schrader tubular adapter solves the issue, but it’s a bit of a hassle to be honest. Something we’ve really liked was the air release button on the head though. There’s a small orange knob and when you press it, air escapes very slowly and carefully. It’s never been easier to adjust the pressure.
Now when it comes to the actual pumping, that’s where the Topeak Joe Blow Ace really begins to shine. The pump uses two seperate barrels and via a switch in the handle, you can choose which barrel you want to use. There are three choices to choose from:
1. Low pressure: Both barrels are used. Using this option, the Joe Blow Ace inflates our 2.5″ tire in record time. However, the maximum pressure is only 4 bar
2. Medium pressure: This option uses the main barrel. The volume is still more than enough and the maximum pressure of 8 bar should be enough for most tires.
3. High pressure: Here, the small barrel is used. Very low volume, but you can reach pressures as high as 18 bars (!).
As you can easily switch between the modes while pumping (mind the max. pressure though!) the Joe Blow Ace really works for all tires and pressures equally well. A great pump.
- Feb 10, 2015
- Michael Faiß
Test Winner : ALiEN™ III
Within the (02/15) edition of Mountain Bike magazine in Germany, fourteen mini tools were tested and compared. Topeak ALiEN™ III is the test winner.
Test result : Outstanding
Very good processed, expensive, bulky, heavy – the "workshop to go". The handling of the chrome vanadium tools (e.g. long, angled 2mm Allen) is usually brilliant. Strong riveter.
- Feb 03, 2015
Test Winner : RaceRocket MT
Within the (10/14) edition of "ALPIN"-Magazine in Germany, eight mini pumps were tested and compared. Topeak RaceRocket MT is the test winner.
Light and due to the extendable and flexible tube very easy to handle. A little bit strong with high pressure.
Test Winner : RaceRocket MT
Within the (10/14) edition of "MountainBIKE"-Magazine in Germany, twenty mini pumps were tested and compared. The Germans call it "Überragend".
Test result: Outstanding
The clear winner in efficiency! The high-quality manufactured RaceRocket MT is saving effort and releases the valve due to the extendable tube.
Topeak Introduces Fat Bike Specific Pump in Joe Blow Fat, Transformer RX, Plus Clever Concepts
Along with the rise of fat bikes comes the need for pumps that can handle the high volume and low pressure of the massive tires. Topeak’s answer to the problem looks to be the new Joe Blow Fat – a fat bike specific pump with a huge barrel. While quite singular in application, Topeak had a number of new products and concepts that are applicable to more than just fat bikes.
Check it out next…
Compared to the Joe Blow Ace, the barrel on the Joe Blow Fat is enormous. Because of this, the pump pushes a huge amount of air but is limited to just 15 psi according to the pump’s gauge. We’d like to test out the pump in a more controlled environment, but when comparing the Topeak pump to the Birzman Maha MTB pump on similar sized fat bike tires at the show, the Birzman pump actually got the fat bike tire up to a higher PSI in the same amount of strokes. One of the biggest advantages of the Topeak design though, is the resolution of the gauge which should make dialing in fat bike pressures more than a “good enough” affair.
Following in the footsteps of the award winning Transformer XX, the new Transformer RX looks like the perfect solution for travel. The tiny pump folds up for easy storage and incorporates a bike stand and a telescoping hose all in a folding package with its own carrying case.
Like the Transformer XX (above) the RX acts as a light repair stand by supporting the chain and seat stays of the bike.
In addition to the finished products, Topeak had a number of clever looking prototypes that may make it to production in the near future. Hidden tools seem to be gaining steam lately, and Topeak is showing their ideas with the Stealth pump and the BarNChain tool. Stashed inside your seat post, the Stealth pump uses a flexible rubber holder to keep the pump from rattling and keep dust out of the pump head.
The BarNChain tool makes use of those empty handlebars and stashes an 11 speed compatible chain tool along with a chain hook and allen wrench inside your bars.
On the race side of things Topeak showed off their prototype Tri-Duo and AirBooster RacePod X prototypes. The Tri-Duo uses a dual pivot arm that allows for bottles to be positioned in the perfect spot on Tri bikes plus provides Co2 inflator storage. The RacePod X clamps down onto two Co2 cartridges plus tire levers for a slick mounting system for inflation essentials.
Finally, Topeak was showing their Pressure-Rite shock adapter which allows you to inflate your rear shock or fork with a Joe Blow Ace floor pump. Thanks to the multi-chambered performance of the Ace, the pump is capable of reaching 200 PSI and the Pressure-Rite adapter allows it to reach the valves on shocks and forks. Topeak claims the combo is able to reach 200 PSI 10 times faster than their PocketShock DXG, and the adapter includes an air release knob for fine tuning.
This article was original reviewed on BIKERUMOR website.
- Sep 11, 2014
- Zach Overholt
New York Magazine reviews Road Morph G - The Best Bet
(Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine)
The goal: Find an on-the-go bike pump for predawn flats and peace of mind on your haul up to Nyack. We spoke to die-hard cyclists (many of whom work at the city’s top bike shops). They steered us toward a barrel that’s about a foot in length—still half the size of a traditional standing pump, but a couple inches longer than many portable models, providing just enough leverage for inflating curbside.
The Verdict: Topeak’s aluminum Road Morph G ($50 at Bicycle Habitat, 244 Lafayette St., nr. Spring St.; 212-431-3315) has the sweet-spot measurements, fitting snugly below your crossbar. The built-in pressure gauge prevents overinflation and is suited to both road and mountain tires. And unlike typical handheld pumps, which require you to make a flimsy base with your nondominant palm, this one has a mini-footpad.
This article was original reviewed on New York Magazine.
- Jul 29, 2014
- Emma Whitford
More than Meets The Eye With New Topeak Transformer XX PumpMore than Meets The Eye With New Topeak Transformer XX Pump
When you’re headed off to a race or an event, there is usually a lot to carry. Spares, food, clothes, tools – the list goes on and on depending on the situation. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could combine your pump and a repair stand in one compact, easy to carry package? If your answer is yes, you’ll want to check out the new Transformer XX pump/stand from Topeak. By day the whole unit functions just like your normal easy to use Topeak floor pump, but by night the stand separates from the pump providing a support for working on your bike.
When it comes to the pump, it is a 160 psi capable body with a gauge built into the handle. Like Topeak’s other high end pumps, the Transformer XX uses a smart head that adapts to presta or schraeder valves with the flick of a switch. The orange button lets you bleed off any excess air in the tire. We joked about Topeak making it so their customers would only ever buy a single pump since spare parts are so easy to come by, but that’s definitely a benefit. I’ve had to replace the sealing grommets in the pump heads, but my nearly 10 year old Joe Blow sport and Joe Blow Pro pumps are still going strong after a lot of abuse.
n order to make sure the stand fits a wide range of bikes, the supports are easily adjustable. Just unlock each quick release, move to the desired position and relock. There are a number of ways we could see this being used, but probably the most likely would be one support on the chainstay and one on the seatstay, lifting the rear wheel off the ground so you can make most adjustments. It likely won’t replace a repair stand for big jobs, but for adjustments in the field it could be quite useful.
Available at the end of the mont, Transformer XX pumps will retail for $149.
The Transformer XX joins the Topeak family of pumps including their 3 stage JoeBlow Ace. There are a few dual stage pumps on the market, but very few 3 stage. Why would you want a three stage pump? Stage one pushes a lot of air with Topeak claiming it can seat most tubeless mountain tires and pumps to 60 psi (seems like it would also be good for fat bikes). Stage two bumps it up to pressures typically seen in road bikesto 120 psi, while stage 3 pushes into Track bike levels up to 260 psi.
Stages are selectable through the dial at the top of the handle.
Built in to the cast aluminum base of the pump is a 260 psi gauge and rubber coated feet. As their top of the line floor pump, the Ace retails for $149.
This article was original reviewed on BIKERUMOR website.
- May 01, 2014
- Zach Overholt
BikeRadar rates the HybridRocket MT mini-pump – 3.5 Stars!
The compact HybridRocket is 205 mm long and can achieve 90 psi thanks to its large-volume barrel. A rubber hose concealed inside the handle holds an adaptive valve head, which fits Schrader valves as it is or can be unscrewed to accept Presta valves.
On the opposite end of the pump is a second head that accepts both Presta and Schrader valves, but instead of pumping to add pressure, you screw in a CO2 cartridge for instant inflation.
This is a brilliant concept – while the pump itself is very effective considering its micro size, the CO2 back-up is ideal for those moments when you need to get going again fast or are struggling to get a tyre seated. Two cartridges are provided and can be attached to the supplied mount, which has a secure rubber strap.
The pump shifts a lot of air easily, considering its size – we achieved 35psi on a 26x2.2in tyre in 170 strokes, which is not as fast as some, but is more than adequate for trailside fixes.
Its build quality is great, and the pump can be disassembled for maintenance. If you look after it, it’ll serve you well.
- Mar 10, 2014
BIKERUMOR reviews Topeak PrepBox premium bicycle tool kit & new universal workstand trays
While Topeak’s PrepStation remains their gawd-I-wish-I-had-that halo product, the new PrepBox brings the mobile premium bicycle tool kit within most of our reach.
Featuring a ballistic looking case, it comes with 18 tools, which doesn’t sound like a lot for the $299 asking price. But these are the items that are more relevant for modern bikes, not just an assortment of flexy cone wrenches and generic screwdrivers. It stocks what you need to travel with, fix emergencies and allow for a pretty good amount of basic repairs. No bottom bracket tools, but other than that, you can remove or install just about any component with what’s on hand…
Everything’s held firmly in place with thick, shaped foam. The major items include cable cutters, chain breaker, pedal wrench, chain whip, various crank installation/extraction tools, tire lever, cleaning brush, double ended screwdriver bits with large handle, torque wrench and a few other goodies.
A complete range of Torx and Allen wrenches is a nice addition.
Mesh covers stretch over the tools and hold things in place when opening and closing it.
External pouch lets you add any other tools or bits your particular bike may need.
Available spring 2014.
For their PrepStand, they’re offering new clamp on platforms that hold some of the formed trays from the PrepStation. As a bonus, they’ll fit most any work stand. Two models -a basic one with a foam bed and a tool tray with a split lid and plastic dividers- retail from $20 to $35.
Underneath those two is their original tool tray with fixed compartments and side holes for slotting allen wrenches, etc., into. They’re stackable, and they swivel on the stand so you can move them around for easy access or to get them out of the way.
This article was original reviewed on BIKERUMOR website.
- Nov 13, 2013
- Tyler Benedict
BikeRadar rates the PrepStation – 4 Stars"Great quality tools, packaged inside an intelligently designed, easy to access and portable box"
There's no getting away from the fact that, at very nearly £600, the Prep Station from Topeak is a lot of money. But the quality of the tools and the intelligent way in which they are packaged and arranged makes this one of the best toolkits out there.
All of the chrome Vandium and hardened steel tools are good quality, hard wearing pieces that have held up extremely well so far. We're especially big fans of the longer T-handled Allen keys, which range from 2 to 6mm, along with the meatier 6, 8 and 10mm L-shaped options. Other highlights include the handy chainlink pliers, small torque wrench, star fangled nut fitter, mallet and saw guide.
The box has a collapsible handle and roller wheels to make transporting it and moving it around a work space easier. The wheels extend to give the Prep Station a stable base and this makes a big difference when all five trays are swivelled around at different angles.
All five of these trays can slide up and down the collapsible handle, which helps to make it easier to access the different tools. Each has its own place in one of the trays, indicated by foam cut-out slots, so they're always easily locatable too.
The large compartment at the bottom of the Prep Station is great for storing extra bits and pieces – we've stuck a socket set and lubes into ours.
- Nov 06, 2013
- Rob Weaver
Bike Magazine reviews Topeak JoeBlow Ace Floor Pump
This pump was worth every penny. This year I’ve torn, worn out and replaced so many tires that without this pump I would have burned a lot more fossil fuel driving to my LBS or gas station to use the compressor. I’m a tubeless convert. I can’t believe I spent so many years patching tubes when all along the answer was to get rid of them entirely. Of course, it takes a little more work to get a tubeless tire to seat and often, without the ease of compressed air, it becomes a futile battle.
But that’s where the Topeak Joe Blow Ace comes in. It features an innovative three-stage, dual-chamber design that achieves both high pressures and high volume in record time. Stage one opens both barrels for big volume to reach 60 psi with 30 percent less effort than standard floor pumps – this is what you need to be able to seat tubeless mountain bike tires. Stage two uses the main barrel only for pressures up to 120 psi while stage three engages the small barrel to achieve an amazing 260 psi – road bike tires.
I was skeptical at first but this really does work very well. I’ve not failed in seating one tire all summer. I’ve used single-ply, UST, and downhill casing tires from Michelin, Maxxis, Schwalbe, Specialized, all with success.
There’s an easy-to-use Smarthead which works for both Presta and Schrader valves without any buttons, widgets, flip switches or doodads. It also has an air release button for fine tuning and a big, chunky analog gauge that’s easy to spot, but could perhaps do with a little more indents for fine tuning lower pressures. The baseplate is wide and solid, making a stable platform when pumping. The construction is also very tough and is strong reason to believe this item will last for a very long time.
If Bike handed out star-ratings this would be an easy five out of five.
- Oct 23, 2013
- Seb Kemp
BikeRadar rates the HighLite Combo II – 4 Stars (best light set) and rates the RedLite Mega – 5 Stars (best rear light) !
A year or so ago these would have been criticised for the choice of battery, but the price of CR2032 cells has fallen dramatically (you can now buy a card of 10-12 cells for £3-£4). Given that, and the long run times, they’re one of the cheapest light sets to run. They’re also well made and offer very good visibility, though the front beam isn’t strong enough to see with on unlit roads – but then at this price they’re not designed for that. They’re quick and easy to fit, though the rear isn’t tool-free, and recessed buttons mean they shouldn’t get accidentally switched on.
Offering excellent visibility without being distractingly bright, Topeak's RedLite Mega rear light is a well built bit of kit. It survived all of our abusive testing and offers great all-round visibility with a simple to fit but secure mounting system. There are some flashing modes which are a little on the gimmicky side, but beyond that the fact remains that this is still one of the best rear lights out there for being seen from behind and surviving life in the cold and wet winter months.
Outdoor™ Gear Lab rates the JoeBlow™ Sport II – 4 Stars!
Coming in as our top ranked floor pump is the Topeak JoeBlow™ Sport II. Easy to use, durable, and not bad looking, it scored well in all our testing categories and received a perfect 10 in the comfort department. The Sport II is as tough as it looks, and consistently gave us strong, tight seals to the valves. It is the heaviest of the pumps that we tested, so maybe not the best for transport, but it's heft only adds to it's stability and durability.
Not all floor pump reviews will take comfort into consideration, but we at OGL think it really is an important aspect of the decision process. After all, a floor pump is something that you have to press down on pretty firmly, and repetitively, every time you use it. During our testing period, we really came to feel the difference in the materials used and shapes of the pumps’ handles. You might not initially notice uncomfortable handles, but after repeated use, you will be stoked if your pump has handles like the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II. Smooth, strong, and molded well, our palms and wrists were thankful.
Also impressive with the Joe Blow Sport is its durability. This thing is solid, and we couldn’t get it to quit or falter in its repeatedly solid valve sealing. The word “sport” is well applied here – not only does the pump hold up over time, but it looks good doing it. The dial display is easy to read grey and yellow and the double-sided twin head has a secure locking lever, also in bright yellow, adding some fun accents to an otherwise simple design.
Credit: OutdoorGearLab Review Team
The base is heavy and stable, making inflation that much faster and easier.
Unfortunately, with all that durability comes weight, and the Topeak Joe Blow was our heaviest floor pump tested, coming in a full ½ pound over the second heaviest pumps. Therefore, if you want a floor pump that travels with you everywhere, you might want to look into a lighter option, such as the Serfas FP-200 or the Blackburn Air Tower. It can also feel a little stiffer and harder to pump once you get over 100 psi compared with our second and third place pumps, both from Lezyne. That said, we think the extra half-pound and slightly stiffer pumping at higher pressures pales in comparison to the overall ease of use, stability, durability, comfort and sporty good looks of the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II.
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- Sep 12, 2013
- Chris McNamara and Emily Zell
Road MasterBlaster™ and Pocket Rocket have won Outdoor Gear Lab's Top Pick and Best Buy awards!
We researched best selling and top performing frame pumps and put them through our own testing and scrutiny to see which ones came out on top. We tested each one in five categories: pumping speed, ease of use, durability, portability, and looks/design. Below you'll find the results to help you best find your new favorite frame pump!
One of most heavily weighted categories was of course pumping speed. Frame pumps are, 99% of the time, what you need in the case of emergencies. When your standing next to the road, miles from home, or caught on a trail as night is approaching, you want to inflate STAT and get out of there. By there very nature, frame pumps are never going to be insanely speedy or easy to pump once the pressure gets high, but two of our pumps scored very well in this category: the Lezyne Pressure Drive for road bikes, and the Topeak Peakini II for lower volume mountain bike tires. Both have highly efficient, smooth pumping design, making your tire inflate faster and easier. The Lezyne was also the easiest to keep pumping even after the psi got higher.
Another heavily weighted category is durability. We believe that any peice of athletic equipment, no matter how inexpensive, needs to stand up to a certain amount of abuse. Scoring perfectly in this category are the Lezyne Pressure Drive and the Topeak Master Blaster. The Master Blaster is the only frame we tested with a frame fit mounting system, making it convenient, streamlined, and of course has less parts to break. It stays up under your top tube, away from road and trail debris, and seems to be made of steel. We heard more than one account of riders who owned this pump for years without a problem. And the same with the Lezyne. Made all of machined aluminum it is tougher than a lot of its counterparts that employ plastic in their designs. Also, the threaded valve connections mean it won't get stuck on the valve causing damage to both it and the tire.
Next up we took into account the overall ease of use of the pumps. There is some overlap here, as this category is influenced by, and influences, some of the others, such as design and pumping speed. But really, this determination starts when you try to get the pump out of its packaging and doesn't end until you lay it rest (hopefully years and years later). Is it easy to get out of the packaging? We kid you not, some you have to battle, using all kinds of tools just to detach them from the cardboard, plastic wrap,zip ties etc. that their manufacturers insist on using (for instance, the Road Morph G). Are the instructions clear and easy to follow? Is it easy to get a reliable seal on the nozzle? How difficult is it to pump? And finally, how difficult is it to detach? Given that these are six of the most popular frame pumps out there, they all scored relatively well in this category, with the Lezyne Pressure Drive and the Topeak Master Blaster coming out on top. Both of these pumps are straightforward, simple to use, and offer reliable seals and relatively easy pumping. The Schwinn Alloy unfortunately, was much more inconsistent with its seals, and once done inflating, was very difficult to detach from the nozzle.
You might think that with frame pumps, portability is sort of a given. But trust us, there is variance from pump to pump. Size, weight, and mounting method all factor in here. Coming in strong are the lightweights of the group: the Schwinn Alloy and the Lezyne Pressure Drive. Each weighs only 3.2 oz and easily mount under either water bottle cage. The Pressure Drive is so small, you can even just throw it in your jersey pocket if need be. The Topeak Pocket Rocket, while a bit heavier at 4.1 oz, is also so compact that it too scored well here. On the other hand, Topeak's Road Morph G is a bigger, heavier pump that felt more cumbersome when mounted to the bottle cage and more precarious when mounted to the top tube with its zip ties.
Our final category is looks and design, which covers two aspects of a pump's appearance. Firstly, does the design contribute to it's efficiency and ease of use, and secondly, does it look good. We only had one perfect score here and that was, not surprisingly, the Lezyne Pressure Drive. The team at Lezyne takes design very seriously, and they produce some of the best looking bike equipment on the market. However, it doesn't necessarily always mean that its the best performing equipment, in our minds. But in the case of the Pressure Drive, its good looks and smart design help it to come out on top. First off, it was by far the smallest of the frame pumps we tested, yet also one of the easiest to use for inflation. It almost disappears on the bike with its high-shine, low-profile body, and the hose design makes for a flexible, secure connection to valves. It has two threaded heads on either side of the hose, which means no struggling with internal parts to switch from presta to schrader, as with the Topeak Pocket Rocket, which has a single head.
If you prefer a longer barrel for more leverage when pumping, you can't go wrong with the Topeak Road MasterBlaster™ 's simplicity and durability.
The durable and efficient Topeak Road MasterBlaster™. Notice - pictured here is what happens when you get the wrong size for your frame (inner barrel will not show when sized properly)
Credit: OutdoorGearLab Review Team
And if money is tight, check out our Best Buy Award winner the Topeak Pocket Rocket - almost as small as the Pressure Drive and also efficient and easy to use.
Credit: Emily Zell
Tour Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the 2nd Best Brand in Pumps for 2013!
In the annual market report from Tour magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the 2nd Best Brand for pumps.
We would like to thank all of our road biking customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Pumps!
Bike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Pumps for 2013!
In the annual market report from Bike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for pumps.
We would like to thank all of our mountain biking customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Pumps!
BikeRadar rates the PanoBike app and mount – 4 Stars!Topeak’s free PanoBike app turns your iPhone 4S/5 into a GPS bike computer. What sets it apart from similar software is the range of optional accessories.
These include a heart rate strap, a chainstay-mounted speed and cadence sensor and a protective RideCase. This has a waterproof silicone cover that allows touchscreen and camera operation, and clips onto a hinged arm that can be bolted to your stem in place of the top cap or attached via a standard bar/stem band.
Using PanoBike is as simple as starting the app, inputting some personal info, hitting start and riding off. The iPhone’s accelerometers and GPS trace your route and measure your current gradient, altitude and speed. The two main screens show up to nine displays, and there’s a camera shortcut so you don’t miss any photo opportunities.
The system connects via Bluetooth and the optional cadence/speed sensor can record ride info without the phone present, synchronising with it later. You can share ride details on Facebook, and the app links to your phone contacts and music library.
We found that a three-hour ride uses about a quarter of the battery life, although it depends on how many functions you’re using. Saved data includes a ride overview, graphs, maps and photos. If you’re already an iPhone user, PanoBike is a good alternative to a pricy standalone GPS unit.
Topeak RideCase for iPhone
This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.
BikeRadar reviews Topeak's Link 11 Folding Chain Tool"Handy size and with a useful chain hook, although can dig in a bit"
The Link 11 chain tool from Topeak combines the functionality of a larger, home workshop tool with the convenience of a foldable multi-tool number.
It’s roughly the same size as a cigarette lighter, so it fits in a pack or pocket very easily and means you won’t have to rely on smaller, fiddly chain tools such as the ones often found on multi-tools.
Once opened out, its 75mm length means there’s plenty to hold onto when tackling stiffer links, although the metallic edges of the casing do dig into your hand a little. The extractor pin is driven by the 4mm Allen key on the handle, within which sits a little chain hook that makes the whole operation even easier.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.
- Jul 19, 2013
- Rob Weaver
BikeRadar reviews Topeak's Shock 'n Roll pump"Great build quality and dual usage but it’s pretty pricy and slightly compromised"
Take two pumps to the trails?! Not us…! The new Shock 'n Roll from Topeak inflates both air-sprung suspension units and tyres in one handy effort. You simply click the shaft round depending on which you’re doing and the valve adjusts between Schrader and Presta fitting by simply unscrewing.
The whole design is pretty solid, resulting in an easy-to-use trailside pump even with gloves firmly in place. When in shock mode, the Topeak can inflate up to 300psi and the easy-to-read gauge allows for simple pressure adjustment via an air release button.
At 270g and with some chunky dimensions, the pump isn’t the smallest but is still lighter and less faff than carrying two separate pumps.The 360-degree rotatable hose makes it easier to inflate even awkwardly positioned valves.
Our first criticism would be that the dual-purpose design means that both tyres and shocks can take slightly longer to inflate than we would expect with a bespoke pump. Also, for £65, you’re going to have to be an obsessive suspension fettler to justify the outlay.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.
- Apr 30, 2013
- Ric McLaughlin
BikeRadar rates the PocketShock DXG shock pump – 4.5 Stars!"Small size and light weight don’t mean a compromise on quality"
This small, impressively light shock pump is still good for 300psi, so it’s perfect for taking on rides (which is often where you realise you need one).
Once you get your head round the two-step valve design – it stops you losing pressure when disconnecting the hose – this works very smoothly.
The rotating flexible hose makes fitting easy even in awkward frames, while the gauge not only looks good but has proved both sturdy and accurate.
The Topeak DXG is better than a lot of pumps twice its size.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.
BikeRadar rates the RaceRocket HP mini pump – 4 Stars!"Small enough for your back pocket and has a decently long stroke"
If small really is beautiful then Topeak’s RaceRocket HP is the one for you. But though tiny – even weight weenies can’t argue with 3oz – it’s got a decently long stroke action and a chunky 1cm diameter shaft.
It’s good to use too; the hose with screw-on head means you can get a secure connection on both types of valve, the rubber handle and aluminium barrel enable you to get a good grip.
Without a hose, a pump of this size would be nearly impossible to use. And although the figures seem low (40psi at 150 strokes, with a stroke length of 12.5cm) the pump doesn’t get hot and after 300 strokes we’d hit around 75psi and were still going strong.
It comes with a bracket but it’s small enough for a back pocket and some seatpack bags.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.
BikeRadar rates the JoeBlow Sport II track pump – 4.5 Stars!"Easy to use, tough and reliable, and does the job fast"
The well-priced Joe Blow Sport II floor pump from Topeak has proven to be a robust, reliable addition to the MBUK workshop. It’s also survived a proper battering getting knocked about in the back of the van, thanks to the steel barrel and sturdy hardened steel base.
At the end of the flexible hose sits the TwinHead connector, which is as easy to use as they come, offering a Presta fitting on one side and a Schrader fitting on the other. Connection with the valve is reassuringly solid thanks to the good seal and alloy Thumb-Lock lever, which, unlike plastic valve lock levers, doesn’t feel flimsy or potentially snap-able.
Usefully, the gauge doesn’t sit directly on the base plate but instead is lofted a good 220mm off the floor, making the numbers easier to read although they’re still small.
Inflation is rapid and comfortable thanks to the generous sized T-handle with its moulded, rubberised grip.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.
BikeRadar rates the RaceRocket HPX mini pump – 5 Stars!"Excellent in every respect, from efficiency to grip"
The big brother of the Race Rocket, the HPX offers the same features in a longer package with even more impressive results. It’s not just the barrel, even the hose is longer. This makes for a more efficient stroke – bigger really is better – and the extra hose length makes it more convenient too.
Otherwise it’s the same excellent rubber grip, wide shaft, smooth, true stroke and secure rubber seals each end to keep the muck out of the workings. The screw-on head is secure, and while slower to engage than a push-on chuck, the seal is better and there’s no chance of the chuck being pushed off.
Though 63psi will get you home, at 200 strokes we hit 80psi and it was still going. Stroke length was 19cm.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.
Professional Bike Tools To GoTopeak debuts complete mobile tool kit
Photo: Trays are lined with form-fitting foam, to keep tools organized and prevent them from rattling during transport. (Brad Ford)
The new Topeak PrepStation ($900) is a complete tool solution for the mechanic on the go. The entire unit is fitted with wheels and a padded cover for convenient transport and storage. When open, the stacked trays fan out, offering access to 39 professional-grade tools. With one dedicated tray for small parts and the large base, there is plenty of room for spare parts, cleaning supplies, lube, degreaser, and anything else you may need.
Trays can be fanned out to provide easy access to any tool you need.
Press the trigger in the handle and pull to unlock and expand the stacked trays.
The PrepStation with extended handlebar ready to roll (l), and collapsed and covered (r).
This article was original reviewed on Bicycling website.
- Sep 25, 2012
- Brad Ford, Bicycling
BIKERUMOR reviews Topeak's go-to JoeBlow Pro floor pump
When loading up for a recent two week road trip, I eyed the small army of pumps in the workshop- and reached for Topeak’s full-sized JoeBlow Pro. Even among high-volume, tubeless seating pumps, gleaming silver objects d’art, and admirably compact travel models, the unassuming Topeak was an easy choice. That’s what eighteen months of hassle-free service earns. Come into the back to find out why…
Nominally a $100 pump (street prices seem to be closer to $75) and falling into Topeak’s “High Performance” category, one would expect the JoeBlow Pro to be a full-featured pump. And it is. The aluminum barrel is taller than many entry-level pumps and the feet bigger, making it easier for adults to use. The 160 psi/11 bar gauge is located at the top of the barrel, making it easy to read, and benefits from a bleed valve that makes getting tubeless tires to the right pressure after seating and easy process. It is protected against the inevitable fall by a rubber trim band, which must work (seeing as the gauge still does). The padded handle is nice and wide for grownup hands and doesn’t flex like lesser pumps’ can.
Topeak’s dual mode SmartHead is easy to use: just press it on to either Presta or Schrader valves, flip the lever, and pump. It never seems to leak (even at funny angles) and releases easily. Most importantly, it has yet to be fouled by the tire sealant that desert living demands on all bikes. Ball and air mattress adapters are included (and have a nice little home on the hose)- but were quickly lost. The generously long hose’s high attachment at the gauge makes it easy to reach bikes in the workstand as well.
The polished mid-sized barrel strikes a good balance between high pressure road needs and mountain tires’ high volumes. The JoeBlow Pro stands less of a chance at seating tubeless tires than mountain-specific pumps, but I have seated plenty of friendly combinations without reaching for the air compressor.
At the end of the day, the JoeBlow Pro is the easiest to use and most reliable pump that I’ve owned. It’s not inexpensive and may not have the sex appeal of some of its competitors, but when you change tires and check pressures as much as we do, that’s not what counts. What counts is that the Topeak it works, reliably and without complaint- and that’s the reason that I almost always reach for it first. And why it gets to go on road trips.
- Aug 27, 2012
singletracks reviews the PrepStand Pro, JoeBlow Ace and PedalBar
If you’re really into riding (and the fact that you’re reading this tells me you are), you’re already familiar with the Topeak brand. As a techy kinda guy who does all his own bike work (and work for close friends), I decided to test out some of Topeak’s shop/home gear. Although these items aren’t new for 2012, the PrepStand Pro and the JoeBlow Ace both represent top shelf units in their respective product categories.
The PrepStand Pro has some seriously cool features that really make it stand out. For one thing, the Pro has a built-in scale good for both small parts and full bikes (up to 25kg / 55lbs, ±20grams). The scale is accurate enough to get a decent reading on parts like derailleurs and gear, as well as an idea of where your rig weighs in. The 6061 aluminum frame with two stout aluminum clamps lock up the stand and base.
The base opens up to a generous 53″ diameter and adjusts its height from 48-72″. Along with the lower QR there is an air bleed system that will prevent your bike from slamming down when adjusting the height of the stand (I cannot tell you how often that has happened to me). That feature in itself is a big plus, perfect for those times when you just don’t have a good grip on the bike when making adjustments. You’re safe knowing that the bike will at least slow to a stop before bottoming out, saving both stand and bike from possible damage.
Once deployed, the clamp rotates 360°degrees and locks in positive increments so that your bike will not slip from position once set. The clamp itself opens up to 2″, big enough to clamp on frames, seat tubes, or posts. The non-marring, firm rubber jaws fit well, without scratching your equipment. A dial works well at quickly adjusting the jaws, without over-torquing your gear. When you’re done you can neatly fold everything away and pack it up in the PrepStand Pro’s own carrying bag, perfect for those who race or need to bring their work stand with them when they ride (like me!).
So what was my take on the PrepStand Pro? Overall, pretty sweet. There are some truly great things about the stand that I instantly appreciated like the sturdy construction as well as that slick air bleed (remember, I usually work on heavier bikes). Working on DH bikes that weigh anywhere from 32-45lb, I need a stand that won’t topple or bend on me. The air bleed was a blessing especially when I opened the QR to lower a bike (without wheels) and realized I didn’t have a firm grip on the bike. Down it went to a soft stop. Wow, love it!
The actual clamp was decent. I wish it wasn’t as wide as it is, but a little bit of time with a file and I had the width down closer to what I needed ( I use very little seatpost extension on my DH bike). Now one thing that could be added to make this an even better design would be a quick release clamp. That would definitely save time setting up and removing a bike from the stand.
As far as the scale is concerned, I went out and picked up the small parts tray and hook kit for an additional $20, making the scale better suited to measuring small parts without fear of them rolling of the scale. I also added the tray and tool holder kit for when I need to transport the stand.
Having used other JoeBlow floor pumps in the past I had high expectations for the top-shelf JoeBlow Ace. Using a JoeBlow Mountain with great success, I was keen on giving this very different looking unit a shot. Unlike most floor pumps, this unit utilizes extruded, twin-tube, anodized barrels with a large and small bore. The two tube design allows for a three stage operation.
The upshot: this pump fills a tire t0 60psi 30% faster than a single barrel pump. In stage two, only the main barrel is used, allowing you to pump up to 120 psi. At stage three, the small barrel cranks up the pressure to 240psi with ease.
Most MTB riders don’t need pressures nearly that high but if you do run skinny-tired bikes too, this is a great pump as it handles both high volume and high pressure tires very well.
Another really useful feature is the SmartHead which automatically adjusts for Presta or Schrader valves without the need for an adapter or dissembling the head. Simply place the head over your Schrader or Presta valve (remember to open it first) and then turn the lock lever to automatically seal things up. On the SmartHead, there is a convenient yellow pressure release button which does a good job at releasing pressure evenly. In addition to the three stage operation and SmartHead, the ergonomic handle offers great grip and support when pumping up your tire.
The pressure gauge at the base of the pump includes a high visibility pointer which allows you to quickly see when you’ve reached your target pressure. Along with the gauge, you also get a fairly large cast base with a rubber coating, perfect for those less-than-ideal floor surfaces. Top that all off with a Presta, Dunlop, needle, and beach ball adapter and I am sure you can inflate just about anything.
Using the Ace was pretty straightforward. No more searching for a Presta adapter, no more fumbling around with changing internal bits on the head. Like the PrepStand, the construction on the whole pump is solid. The dial was a bit hard to read as the 240psi scale makes everything pretty tight but that’s the tradeoff for a pump that can go that high.
The only thing I could think that could make this pump any better is a liquid filled, larger diameter gauge, with an easier to read scale. The carbon background on the gauge is cool but a bit distracting. From zero pressure to seating the beads on a 26×2.40 UST tire takes about 8 pumps. Filling to 30psi takes 15 pumps wich is pretty good considering some tires can’t even muster beading the rim that quickly.
This expandable tool comes in its own pouch and everything you need to take care of the most popular pedals on the market. With a twist this 7-inch tool expands to 9.5 inches, adding both additional leverage and revealing a hex wrench for newer hex-only pedal spindles. The conventional 15mm open-end wrench is offset about 15 degrees to keep hands away from the chainline and crank arms. Made from chromoly and impact-resistant plastic, the PedalBar is made to last. Extending the head of the tool requires a twist of the base and then you can extend the open-end wrench. A press tab at the base flips away the cap which holds both bits for easy access.
The PedalBar is advertised as a shop tool but I would say it’s really more of a home tool. For shop use you really want something that can take a sh*t kicking. I could see either the bottom lid or the bar coming apart if tossed around (just visit a shop when things are not going smoothly to really appreciate what I am talking about). The handy hex sockets are easy to use and the open-end wrench really does make this tool useful. The 9.5-inch extension is just about the right length to remove and install pedals without over torquing. Due to the nature of design on the open end I can see how it might not be able to remove certain pedals with very narrow wrench flats.
This article was original reviewed on singletracks website.
Bikeradar rates the JoeBlow™ Sport II – 5 Stars!"Excellent quality, great value pump"
We’d have preferred a longer hose, but that’s our only real criticism of the Topeak Joe Blow Sport. It's very stable, thanks to its large, wing-shaped metal base, and construction is good quality, too.
While the chunky plastic handle doesn’t have quite the pleasing feel of the best wooden ones, it’s smooth on top with finger shaped moulds underneath and very comfortable to use, with no hard edges. The gauge isn’t that large, but it’s mounted a third of the way up the barrel and is clear to read. Overall, this is a great quality budget pump.
Bikeradar rates the JoeBlow™ Ace – 5 Stars!"A great pump, especially for high-pressure use"
Posh surnames and shotguns aren’t the only things with double barrels – Topeak’s top-of-the-range Joe Blow Ace track pump has them as well.
And it’s no gimmick: both barrels are in play up to 60psi, the main barrel takes over up to 120psi with the smaller barrel alone taking care of pressures up to 260psi – all instantly controlled by a handle-mounted switch.
The figures on the floor-level gauge could be a tad clearer, but the Joe Blow Ace scores top marks for speed and ease of pump action (more shotguns…), excellent marks for construction quality and good marks for stability.
COMotion Sports reveiws the BikamperTopeak Bikamper — A Brilliant Idea
I admit, I was a bit skeptical about this tent when I first opened it. But as I began to set it up and see how it all works, I got more and more excited. This tent is light and relatively easy to setup. It packs up really small and even has reflective straps to attach your handlebars. Basically, the tent begs you to take it on a cycle touring adventure. I slept really well in the tent, and was surprised by how much room was in it. Watch out for the death stakes. They are very sharp, but nice when you need to shove them in the ground in a hurry. Overall, I love this tent and can’t wait to cycle tour with it. What a brilliant idea!
This article was originally reviewed on COMotion Sports website.
- Jun 19, 2012
- COMotion Sports
Test Winner: Mini 20 ProWithin the (04/12) edition of "MountainBIKE"-Magazine in Germany the silent companions were tested: Mini tools. The Germans call it "Überragend".
Top companion for touring.
Thank you "MountainBike". The testers were very pleased with the quality of the product.
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking- BikeRadar gave our new RedLite™ Mega 5 starsRoad Cycling and Mountain Biking- BikeRadar gave our new RedLite™ Mega 5 stars
Offering excellent visibility without being distractingly bright, Topeak's new RedLite™ Mega rear light is a well built bit of kit. It survived all of our abusive testing and offers great all-round visibility with a simple to fit but secure mounting system.
There are some flashing modes which are a little on the gimmicky side, but beyond that the fact remains that this is still one of the best rear lights out there for being seen from behind and surviving life in the cold and wet winter months.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus
- Nov 30, 2011
- Cycling Plus
Ratchet Rocket Lite was voted the top 10 MTB Tools by Bicycling MagazineRatchet Rocket Lite was voted the top 10 MTB Tools by Bicycling Magazine
When Topeak came out with the first version of this tool, we were skeptical. How was this micro-ratchet going to hold up to repeated torquing, twisting, ratcheting and general use-and-abuse? Fast forward a couple years and the answer is pretty darn well. The ratcheting action is more Snap-On than Craftsman, with a fine-tooth engagement, an easy-to-use "reverse" lever and a smooth polished finish. No, it won't get a stubborn pedal or carnk-arm bolt unstuck, and yes, you will probably break it if you try. But the leverage is plenty for the torque needed for about everything else on a modern mountain bike. Where previous designs used a plastic case with integrated (and laughably puny) tire levers, Topeak now offers its mini socket wrench in a Nylon carrying case loaded with 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, T25 and Phillips hardened steel bits—or substitute your own. The package is equally comfortable in a jersey pocket or at the bottom of a Camelbak. The whole shebang comes in at a claimed 103 grams, and is worth the weight several times over.
- Nov 18, 2011
- bicycling magazine
RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools for 2011!In the annual market report from RoadBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Tools.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an amazing vote score of 56.8% - more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 2nd overall with a high vote score of 48.5%.
This vote result was from 8,030 effected RoadBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our road bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools.
MountainBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools and Pumps for 2011!In the annual market survey from MountainBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted as the Best Brand for Tools and Pumps.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an astounding vote score of 70.9% - a total percentage of more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an impressive vote score of 55%.
This vote result was from 11,921 effected MountainBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our mountain bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools and Pumps.
Topeak: Best Brand of Mini Tools for the last 10 years!
Every year MountainBIKE magazine – based in Germany – asks their readers what cycling products they like the best and what works the best for them. And for the past 10 years in a row Topeak has come out on top as the Best Brand for Mini Tools!
MountainBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools and Pumps for 2010!In the annual market survey from MountainBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted as the Best Brand for Tools and Pumps.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an astounding vote score of 70.9% - a total percentage of more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an impressive vote score of 59.8%.
This vote result was from 16,716 effected MountainBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our mountain bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools and pumps.
RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools for 2010!In the annual market report from RoadBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Tools.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an amazing vote score of 58.8% - more than double the score of the second placed brand.
In the pump category Topeak placed 2nd overall with a high vote score of 47.8%.
This vote result was from 9.869 effected RoadBike readers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We would like to thank all of our road bike customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools.
Bicycling Reviews the Mini 9 ProIn the December issue Bicycling Magazine says of the Mini 9 Pro "the functionality is just beautiful"
The Mini 9 Pro wraps Topeak's legendary tool mastery in gorgeous packaging, with neoprene carrying pouch, a streamlined aluminum body – in gold, black or silver – and the clever packaging of the tire levers, which come with one integrated into the body and a freestanding one that tucks away into the tool. And the functionality is just beautiful: The bits are high quality, and the longish body provides plenty of leverage. If you're going to stop and make an adjustment, you might as well look good doing it.
BikeRadar.com reviews the Peak DXII - Verdict:"A solid pump with a great seal to the valve, comfy to use and works efficiently"
The DXII weighs 160g, but that’s a small price to pay for such a solid build. If Topeak could shave some weight off, it’d be even better value for money.
The butted aluminium body is 250mm long, so it’ll ﬁt in most packs. The Kraton T-handle locks ﬁrmly into the body for carrying and opens to give a well-proportioned, stable grip to push against.
The thumb lock produces a good seal on both Presta and Schrader valves via the ‘SmartHead’. Inﬂation is smooth and the pump can handle high volumes.
Urban Velo reviews the ALiEN III CB DX"In the mountain bike community, the Topeak Alien has long been heralded as the veritable Swiss Army Knife of bicycle multi-tools"
In the mountain bike community, the Topeak Alien has long been heralded as the veritable Swiss Army Knife of bicycle multi-tools. And while countless manufacturers produce similar tools, the Alien is so ubiquitous that when someone needs to make a trail side repair, and someone else offers up an Alien, it’s well-understood that they’ll have access to virtually any tool they’ll possibly need. Of course, for the urban rider, especially the fixed gear rider, the one tool the Alien doesn’t have is a 15mm wrench. Aside from that, it’s pretty much got you covered.
The latest version, dubbed the Alien III CB DX, has 25 tools and a carbon fiber casing. Highlights include 2-10mm hex wrenches, a cast chromoly chain tool, flat and Phillips screw drivers, a bottle opener, tire lever and a really sharp stainless steel knife. The knife portion of the tool incorporates a locking mechanism that’s both a convenience and safety feature.
The materials and construction are second to none, and in my experience Topeak products are built to last. I’ve had one of their mini pumps for over 10 years now, and it still works as well as the day I got it.
The Alien III is a fairly substantial little tool, but not so big or heavy that it’s going to make a huge difference in your messenger bag. It measures 3.1” x 1.8” x 1.8” and weighs in at 260 grams (just over half a pound).
BikeRadar.com reviews the new Mini 20 Pro - Verdict:"Expensive but stylish, and offers a comprehensive assortment of tools arranged in a useful configuration"
While Topeak's latest Mini 20 Pro multi-tool is a close cousin of models from CrankBrothers and Lezyne, it has clearly picked up on the pros and cons of its competition and delivers a knockout punch that's chock-full of both substance and style.
First off, the tool arsenal is impressive, especially for such a compact package measuring just 75x42x15mm and weighing 152g. Tucked within the polished alloy side plates are 2, 2-L (handy for brake lever reach adjustments), 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10mm Allen wrenches.
There are also Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a T25 Torx driver, a metal tyre lever, a chain tool, a variety of spoke wrenches (including for Mavic and Shimano) and, of course, a bottle opener – presumably for when you just can't fix it on the side of the trail and you've decided to wait for help.
It's all buttoned down snugly with no unwanted flopping about, and no extraneous rubber bands are required. The chain tool even includes a handy clip to hold the severed links together, along with a flip-out 4mm Allen wrench to tighten up the pivots on the main body – nice.
More importantly, all of the bits are impressively usable, with decent amounts of leverage available all around, impressively hard and tough materials and surface finishes, and suitably long reaches for most applications (one exception is the 10mm Allen wrench, which won't reach into Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks – then again, few things will).
Gripes are nitpicky to say the least. The fixed chain tool prevents you from poking your fingers through the back to unfurl the bits if the pivots are especially tight, and despite the lengthy tool list, some might miss a T30 bit for some chainring bolts or a 1.5mm for tiny set screws.
Topeak include a 12g neoprene pouch for storage, though we found it to be superfluous as it slows down tool access and the Velcro tab tends to snag on your gloves. Aside from that it's a definite win – and the price is even reasonable.
The Topeak Mini 20 Pro multi-tool folds up to a compact size and offers a useful amount of leverage for most applications. The chain tool blocks access to some tools, though, if the pivots are tight
Topeak has sweated the details on its Mini 20 Pro with useful inclusions such as a short hook to hold the ends of a chain together and a built-in tire lever
The gold and polished chrome finish looks great but also makes for good durability, too, with hardened bits that have shown almost no wear after several months of regular use
Few other mini-tools we've tried have included a 10mm Allen wrench - essential for some crankarm end caps
The included chain tool works well in a pinch and also includes an additional fold-out 4mm bit for tightening up its own hinges - clever
Bikeradar rates the Panoram V10X cycling computer – 4 Stars!The cheapest model in Topeak’s range of Panoram cycle computers covers the basics in a user-friendly format. "A Wired computer that’s easy to use and very good value".
You get 10 functions including your current, average and maximum speeds alongside your ride time and distance.
It’s all simple to access with just one wide button on the front taking care of everything. The auto start/stop feature is handy and a low battery indicator saves you losing any information.
The bulky mount seems like overkill to us but setting up the wired sensor is straightforward, the display is clear enough, and it’s waterproof too. A wireless version is available for £42.99.
- Apr 30, 2010
BikeRadar.com reviews the Hexus II"An easy to use, practical tool that’s excellent value for money"
The Hexus II does everything you need it to, and does it well. Usually we’re less enthusiastic about plastic chassis because they tend to twist and rattle; however this design, with its solid central bridge, makes a secure base.
The Allen keys are a good length and are easy to use in all those hard-to-reach places – the only downside is a touch more ﬂex, so you have to be light of touch when using the smaller sizes to prevent breakage. The ﬂat head screwdriver is shorter than the other tools, and we’d prefer that to be that the same size (so we could use it as a disc pad separator too).
The tyre levers snap off the sides, with one housing the spoke keys and the other acting as a handle for the chain tool. Despite the chain tool itself being attached to the main body, having the separate handle – rather than having to twist the whole body round – makes it much easier to use.
Add to that deep plates that hold the chain really securely for pin removal, and we found this the best of its type. At £20 you may not consider this tool cheap, but the quality of tools and ease of use make it good value.
- Apr 15, 2010
BikeRadar reviews Panoram V16 – 3.5 Stars!This distinctive cycle computer measures 66mm x 35mm and gives you four clear readings on the display at any time – ﬁve if you count the pace indicator.
The wireless speed and cadence sensors attach easily while the head unit sits on a mount above the bar, freeing up valuable space. Apart from setting it up, you only ever have to use one button and that’s so long that you can barely miss it, so operation is about as straightforward as it comes.
You don’t get a vast number of functions but all the essentials are here along with a few extras, including a stopwatch, average and maximum cadence, and temperature, while the low battery indicator is handy too.
There’s also a second bike setting – an extra sensor kit will cost you £34.99. The only interference we had was a couple of seconds here and there from trafﬁc light sensors – nothing overly serious.
- Apr 03, 2010
BikeRadar reviews the Turbo Morph – 4 Stars!The Turbo Morph is the closest you’ll get to taking a full track pump with you on rides, and for those wet and/or freezing days when you want to effect speedy changes you’ll be glad you brought it along.
The valve switches between Presta and Schrader, and once locked in place it stays there while you ﬂip the foot out to anchor the whole thing while you pump.
The handle is comfy with good grip and together with the aluminium barrel it has the least tiring action of any pump we've tested.
Now we know there’s a pressure gauge, but we’re not fans – the thumb test is good enough trailside and it just adds weight and expense.
Overall though, this is very well made with well considered details like the rubberised grip and locking handle. This is a long-term favourite of ours and when you’re loading up the pack for a long day, the Turbo Morph offers you an element of reassurance.
- Mar 16, 2010
Road.cc Reviews the MTX Trunk DryBag4 Stars! Impressive bag with excellent detailing, you do need a dedicated Topeak rack.
Topeak’s MTX waterproof trunk bag is brilliantly designed and a delight to use when paired with the brand’s range of compatible carriers thanks to solid construction and the clever patented quick track mounting system, combining limpet like security and effortless release. Extensive internal padding gives perishables a sporting chance of surviving rutted roads and bridle path alike but I’d stop short of risking cameras and other sensitive electrical equipment. The LED tab could also be improved and incompatibility with other brands of carrier might also be a turn off.
Heavy-duty 300/600-denier sonic welded polyester construction is built to last, offering excellent water repellence-even directing a jet of water from a garden hose over the bag for several minutes hasn’t revealed any weaknesses, so it came as no surprise to find the contents bone dry after several hours riding in torrential rain. 12.1litre capacity is certainly generous (although Carradice offers a 13 litre cotton duck model), the main compartment swallowing tubes, lunch, lightweight waterproof, energy bars, multi tools and pretty much anything else you’d want close to hand on day/training rides. However, some long shackle U locks proved a tight fit.
Two side pockets with reflective strips make convenient stash points for keys, cash/coins/ mobile phones/passports etc while the zippers are easily operated wearing winter-weight full-finger winter gloves. Now to the quick track system, this is basically a bracket at the bag’s base, which slides into the carrier’s top-plate guttering while the large yellow clamp locks securely around the looped top rail. Come time for removal simply squeeze the bracket and slide off. Padded shoulder straps mean it’s both comfortable and convenient off the bike too.
Verdict: Impressive bag with excellent detailing, albeit requiring a dedicated Topeak Rack.
Road.cc Reviews the Topeak Super Tourist DX rack4 Stars! Well designed rack for everything bar expedition use.
Topeak’s Super Tourist DX rack is something of a design classic, continuing Topeak’s tradition for keenly priced and innovative products. The super-tourist certainly manages to be most things to most riders. A 25Kg maximum payload should be enough for all but kitchen sink tourists, let alone commuters and weighing a reassuring 700g, it should satisfy all but the most particular of Audax competitors. Stick with steel for expedition touring though as aluminium is much harder to repair by the roadside.
Sturdy 10.2mm 6061 aluminium rods are neatly TIG welded to provide a strong and moreover rigid platform. Dedicated pannier rails positioned beneath the top frame overcomes compatibility woes with trunk bags and make the whole un/loading process a lot simpler, while still offering adequate heel clearance on smaller framesets.
Elsewhere, the splashguard/top plate incorporates clever guttering designed for use with the firm’s integrated quick track retention system, meaning dedicated trunk bags slot into the guttering and lock firmly around the looped top-rail. However, it accommodates more conventional Velcro types just as securely. The comprehensive stainless steel fitting kit makes for corrosion free, almost universal compatibility with framesets ranging from 14 to 25 inches, although mounting to wishbone seat-stays can still present a few challenges. Resin LED mounts provide surprisingly secure tenure for both dynamo and battery lamps but a little thread lock is good insurance.
My own has seen 18 months continuous, trouble free service with no obvious signs of fatigue. Even the glossy powder coat finish hasn’t tired despite constant attachment and removal of Klick fix luggage, the beefy tubes being just the right diameter for most brands to date. Binding electrical tape around the main contact points is an inexpensive means of extending the racks’ life further but crucially aluminium doesn’t have nearly the same fatigue life as steel so avoid habitually laying a heavily laden bike on the pannier frame at rest stops.
Verdict: Well designed rack for everything bar expedition use
MountainBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand for 2009!In the annual market report from MountainBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Pumps and Tools.
In the Pump category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an impressive vote score of 57%.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an astounding vote score of 70.8% – a total percentage of almost double the score of the second placed brand!
We would like to thank all of our mountain biking customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Pumps and Tools!
RoadBike Magazine (Germany) readers voted Topeak the Best Brand in Tools for 2009!In the annual market report from RoadBike magazine Germany, Topeak brand was voted the Best Brand for Tools.
In the Tool category Topeak placed 1st over all brands with an amazing vote score of 59.8% – almost double the score of the second placed brand!
We would like to thank all of our road biking customers for voting and making us the leading brand in Tools!
BikeRadar reviews the AlienLux rear red light – 3.5 Stars!What's not to like about an illuminated alien head? Press its forehead and two LEDs shine out of the eyes and skin; press again and they ﬂash.
Visibility isn’t as good as more prosaic LED lights and it’s not BS6102/3 approved so legally it’s an auxiliary light, but it looks cool.
It runs for 60 hours steady or 100 ﬂashing on two CR2032 batteries (supplied). A Velcro strap ﬁxes it to your seatpost, but it ﬁts better on a seatpack or saddlebag tab. Also available in black, green, pink and white, but not grey…
Bike Geek reviews the TrunkBag DXPBike Geek Blog has been using our TrunkBag DXP for some time now. The following is a full report about what the "Geek" liked about this versatile bag.
Product: Topeak Trunkbag DXP
Rating: * * * * * (5 out of 5 stars) : Outstanding!
I've used Topeak's Trunkbag DXP bicycle bag now for six months and everytime I fill this bag to the gills with groceries or work clothes for commuting, I'm impressed.
So impressed that I feel compelled to take a photograph of the latest bunch of things I've managed to fit in this bag.
Here is what makes Topeak's DXP bicycle bag a winner. As you're about to see, it's not a short list of kudos!
• Topeak's QuickTrack system rules! The bottom of this bag slides into a track on my Topeak Explorer bicycle rack and snaps securely to the rack. This bag isn't going anywhere and it becomes ONE with the bicycle rack. No velcro straps (although it has those too for folks that don't have the Explorer rack) and no stability issues with the bag in the event you decide to attack that hill on the way home and jump out of your saddle.
• The saddlebags or panniers fold up and zip close so that they're out of the way when you don't need them. That adds some nice versatility since there are times the cavernous center storage area provides plenty of carrying capacity.
• Reflective striping keeps you visible in low light. The bag has reflective striping all around it and has a nice long vertical stripe when the panniers are down and expanded.
• The cup holder on the end of the bag can store a few extra items or that huge 32 oz drink you just have to grab when you're almost done with your commute and you're parched!
• The cup holder on the rear of the bag provides an attachment point for a rear light.
• Just when you think you've run out of room, a zipper around the top of the bag opens the "two-stage" top that expands the height of the center section by at least two inches.
• The denier nylon construction continues to hold up well despite what the elements have thrown at it.
On a recent grocery store trip I carried the following items and had room to spare: 2 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of heat packs, bag of bagels, 4 bananas, six-pack of Jello, bag of coffee, box of cream cheese and a couple of boxes of medicine.
Small grocery store runs are very possible with this bag and the 1,220 cubic inches of storage can be a blessing to bicycle commuters.
But enough talk! Check out these photos so you'll see for yourself how the Topeak DXP Trunkbag expertly handles your storage needs and dramatically increases the utility of your bicycle.
- Aug 17, 2009
- Bike Geek
Bikeradar reviews the Topeak Ratchet Rocket. 4 1/2 Stars!If you prefer the idea of ﬁtting a multi-tool to your bike instead of keeping it in your back pocket then the Ratchet Rocket is the answer. It comes with mounting brackets that ﬁt onto any tube, or it can be attached to a pair of bottle cage bosses.
The top peels back to reveal a line of Allen key sockets, though the omission of an 8mm key means that you will have to rely on your home toolkit for ﬁxing pedals, and the 6mm Allen key isn’t deep enough for Shimano Dura-Ace top bolts. There’s also no spoke key. Otherwise, the Ratchet Rocket handled the 10-speed chain test superbly, although you have to be careful not to overtighten small Allen key screws as there’s far more leverage on offer here than with the other tools on test. You also get a pair of aluminium tyre levers into the bargain.
The top peels back to reveal a line of Allen key sockets, though the omission of an 8mm key means that you will have to rely on your home toolkit for ﬁxing pedals, and the 6mm Allen key isn’t deep enough for Shimano Dura-Ace top bolts.
There’s also no spoke key. Otherwise, the Ratchet Rocket handled the 10-speed chain test superbly, although you have to be careful not to overtighten small Allen key screws as there’s far more leverage on offer here than with the other tools on test. You also get a pair of aluminium tyre levers into the bargain.
- Jun 04, 2009
Test Winner: ALiEN DXWithin the (4/08) edition of "Aktiv Radfahren"-Magazine in Germany, eleven multitools with chain-riveters were tested and compared.
Topeak shows with ALiEN DX, the most fully featured Minitool with chain-riveter. Nearly everything can be repaired with this multifunctional tool.
The ALiEN DX is very sophisticated and receives the very popular "Premium-Klasse-Tipp" of "Aktiv Radfahren"-Magazine.
Test Winner: The Mini 6Within the (3/08) edition of "MountainBIKE"-Magazine in Germany the silent companions were tested: Mini tools and Mini pumps. The Germans call it "sehr gut"
Thankfully they only come into play not too often, when you got a technical problem. But then they need to be reliable. The test was on the lightweight models and the powertools in pocket format.
The Mini 6 from Topeak convinced the tester for good ergonomics and rock solid quality of the product. Forces up to 15 Nm could be handled easily by the little helper.The tool could claim a "sehr gut" (engl.: "very good") and the test winner badge.
Editors choice: The Mt. Rocket ALAnother "Sehr gut" (engl.: "very good") and a buying recommendation (German: "Kauftipp" ) for the Mt. Rocket AL. What more can you seek for?
Top companion for racing and touring.
Thank you "MountainBike". The Tester were very pleased with the quality of the product.